hands of the senate, will they have any more luck dealing with the fiscal cliff than the house did? let's bring in a senator, bernie sanders a member of the budget and joint economic committee. sir, thank you for being here. these are your colleagues. what are you hearing? are you hearing anything this morning that makes you want to use the word that luke russert was using, optimism? >> i think we have a reasonable chance to get a short-term fix through the senate. the problem that boehner will have in the house is that his caucus is dominated by right wing extremists who are very hesitant, who will do everything they can to prevent the wealthiest people in this country and the largest corporations from paying a nickel more in taxes. but i think if it goes to the house and if the democrats remain strong and you've got 20 or 30 republicans, you probably can prevent the tax hike, the 98% of the american people, and the ordealing with the crisis of 2 million american workers losing their unemployment benefits and other short-term issues. so i am cautiously optimistic we can get someth
fiscal cliff deal. senators will be meeting throughout the day. we'll be heading to the white house from the latest from the president. now, the big three money headlines, milk money, talking about on the rise and a sales surge. we have retail and economy news. everyone talking about fiscal cliff, taxes going up. a little detail not many people talking about, but will get their attention if you say your milk prices could double, triple? >> got milk, t.j.? talking about the dairy cliff. and the conchalgressional agricultural committee will come together. the price of milk will increase. right now, a gallon of milk about $3.50. set to go up to -- get this. $8 by january. if this new man isn't implemented. part of the talks that's going on with the president. they hope this will move forward. nobody wants the price of milk to be drink up. >> farm bill, it maybe goes over their heads. but i tell somebody that $8 for a gallon, they pay attention. >> this is a farm bill they really want to concentrate on. who wants to pay $8 a gallon for milk. >> this isn't the only thing that could shoot up.
white house have 36 hours to reach an agreement before the u.s. hits that cliff, the fiscal cliff. negotiations are in the hands of leaders. if they do reach an agreement, it's expected to be announced to this afternoon. let's go to capitol hill. democratic congressman jayson altmire joins me now. how much activity is going on in the capital now? >> you don't see a lot of activity, but there are a lot of closed doors. what has to happen is 36 hours from now, we have to have a deal. that's the end result we all know must occur. it's going to be either from the senate side or allow the president's plan to come up for a vote in the house and senate. i think that would pass. there are ways to avoid the fiscal cliff in the next 36 hours. >> what is that mood like? i know you have been talking to them day in and day out. i was asking you on the commercial break what you are doing on capitol hill, what you are doing now. a lot of hurry up and wait. >> there's a lot of frustration. everybody understands this is a very serious issue. 36 hours from now, the fiscal cliff takes effect if ther
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